At age 85, you would expect B.B. King to have long retired, but that's not the case. The older he gets, the more passionate he is about performing and singing the blues. And just this year alone, he's scheduled to appear in Germany, Czechoslovakia, Italy, France, and Spain, so he's in high demand all over the world.
Image Entertainment is proud to release B.B. King: Live, out this Tuesday, July 12th, showcasing the living legend's skills. Unfortunately, the program is pretty vanilla, with no special features or interviews or subtitles. However, the price of this release is quite reasonable, retailing for about $15 (DVD) and $18 (BD) but you can get it discounted online ($13 for Bluray).
The concert originally aired on PBS's "Soundstage" series in January 2009. This television series does a great job on very tight closeups on the performers and is professionally produced. Director Joe Thomas does an excellent job spotlighting the best view and making sense of it all for you and you're never bored with a static shot of the band.
What's interesting to note on the DVD release is that "Key To the Highway" is omitted from the original broadcast, instead you have to access the song from the "Song List" menu. I believe this was done for pacing purposes, because "Key To the Highway" really brought the set down a few notches.
All the special guests (Terrence Howard, Solange, Richie Sambora from Bon Jovi), they all showed up for the final foot-stomper, "When The Saints Go Marching In", making the song a special highlight. Although a truly special number, I personally thought Terrence Howard and B.B.'s version of "I Need You So" was the best, mostly because they turned this song into something completely different and fun with their improvisations.
B.B. King: Live will be out on DVD and Blu-ray on July 12th via Image Entertainment.
B.B. King with Solange on B.B. King: Live